BYU Women’s Soccer will spend the entire NCAA Tournament on the road, starting with a first round match at TCU on Friday.
The selections are out, and BYU Women’s Soccer didn’t get a first-round home match.
Instead, the Cougars will travel to TCU to take on the Horned frogs on Friday. The time hasn’t been announced yet.
Looking at both the polls and RPI rankings, BYU was on the bubble as a possible first round host, but the selection committee decided otherwise.
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The matchup should be a pretty even one. BYU enters the tournament with a 13-4-1 record (8-1 WCC), while TCU comes in at 12-4-3 (5-3-1 Big 12). The Horned Frogs lost to Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament.
It’ll be a match of contrasting styles. BYU is No. 3 in the country in goals scored per game (2.67), while TCU is No. 47 in the nation in goals allowed (0.80).
It’s a classic case of the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object, and if the Cougars can find the net at least twice they’re likely to advance.
If BYU wins their opener, they’ll face the winner of Texas A&M and North Texas. The Aggies received the No. 3 seed in the region, and if both the Cougars and Aggies win their first match they’ll square off in a rematch from early in the season. Texas A&M shut out BYU 2-0 in College Station in August.
The site of that possible second round matchup is still unknown. The NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament runs a different format, with the first round taking place at the higher seed’s location, while the next two rounds will take place in a quadrant format at the home of the highest remaining seed in that quadrant.
Barring an upset, that means BYU would travel to Tennessee for the second round, since the Volunteers earned the No. 2 seed in the region.